Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunshine Dress Tutorial

My next Sew-It-Yourself: Kid Clothes tutorial is of what I like to call the Sunshine Dress after my Daughter whose name means "Sunshine" and- she just so happens to be the Sunshine our our lives!


Supplies:
Knit Jersey
1/4 inch elastic
Sewing machine with common sewing tools.

1. Create your pattern:
Take a tank top the fits your daughter.  Fold it in half and fold over the neck so that it is flat accross the shoulders.  Make an "A-line shape.  My daughter wears a 3T so I went straight down the folded side 6 inches lower then the shirt and the over 8 inches and then made a diagonal line up to the bottom of the arm pit.

2. Use your pattern and cut 2 pieces (on the fold) for the front and back of the dress.  
This is what they look like unfolded:

3. For the Neck Casing: Cut 2 strips the length of the neck and  4 inches wide.  Fold over the end and sew to finish each side of the strips. 

4. Cut a piece of elastic a little over half the length of the neck so that when you stretch it out fully it goes the full length.  Fold your Casing strips in half (with the right side facing out)  and place on the RIGHT side of the neck of the dress.  Place the elastic of top.  While sewing stretch out the elastic.  This will give you the gathered look of the neck and allow it to stretch over their head too!  Repeat on the other dress pattern too so that the front and the back are the same.

5.  Finishing off the bottom of the dress: 
Cut 2 strips that are the length of the bottom of your dress and 4 inches wide. 
Sew the strip to the bottom of the dress with the right side of the strip facing the wrong side of the dress.  (When you open it up it should look like the first picture)
Folder over the bottom edge of the strip about a 1/4 inch.  Iron if you want (I didn't)
Fold over again to cover your seam.  Pin in place.
Top sew to finish
Repeat on the other dress pattern too so that the front and the back are the same.

6. Now we are going to finish off the arm pits with binding. 
Cut a strip the length of the whole armpit  and about 1 1/2 inches wide.  
Pin with the right side of the strip facing the wrong side of the dress and sew. 
Flip it open to see the right side of the dress and fold about 1/4 inch and fold agian to cover up your first seam and pin in place.
Top Sew to finish.  
Repeat on the other armpit.
***Note: Binding used to scare me before I made this dress... yeah for getting over my fear!***

7. Make the yoke for the neck of the dress. 
Cut a strip at last 18inches.
Fold in half (right sides together) and sew.  Flip right side out. 
Feed the strip through both your neck casings.
Fold over the end and push the other end inside to finish off the circle.  Hide the seam inside one of the neck casings. 

All done! 

Now go make some SUNSHINE! 

{I think that she looks 14 in the picture!}




4 comments :

MysticMandy said...

Cute fabric. That looks great :)

jeannine said...

a-DOR-able!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

What a cutie pie! Great job!!!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Such a cute little dress on her :) Have a lovely evening, xo Holly

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